In addition to the information and forms on this site, the State
Bar has set up a site for self represented clients at http://www.texascourthelp.org/. You may also wish to see http://www.texaslawhelp.org/ for assistance in obtaining and preparing some of your family law forms. Also, you may wish to go to http://www.freetexasforms.org/ for assistance. The Court makes no recommentation on either of those sites and recommends that you seek competent legal
assistance with your situation.
Family law is a very complicated area of law. It covers such matters
as divorce, child custody, child support, names change, visitation with children, property and debt division, grandparent
access, adoptions and a host of other less common legal issues. It is important that you understand that if you are
representing yourself in these matters you will be at a disadvantage if there is a trained attorney on the other side of your
case. The Rules of Civil Procedure, the Rules of Evidence and all the provisions of the Family Code and other laws will
apply to you and your case the same as if you are an attorney.
other words, the Court is not going to cut you any slack on what you have to do or what you have to prove just because you
don’t have a lawyer. Neither the Judge, the court staff or the folks in the District Clerk’s Office can
give you legal advice. About all they can do is give you the assistance you will find on this web site and get your
case properly set.
If you still want to proceed on your own,
the information in this section of the web site will give you as much assistance as is allowed.
If you are filing a simple, no-contest divorce you may be eligible to
use the set of free forms provided below. You may use the provided forms only if your divorce is not contested by the
other party, there are no children involved, and you have no complicated property issues. You will also need to
get a copy of the Divorce Checklist that is listed above.
Click here for Simple, No-Contest, No-Children Divorce Forms Package
In addition to orders of the court rendered in open court and whether
reduced to writing or not, certain Supplemental Temporary Orders will usually be issued and will remain in
effect until specifically revoked by written order of this court. In most cases involving children, the parties will
be ordered to obtain internet access and to visit the www.Ourfamilywizard.com website, take the tour by clicking on the Families tab on the main
page, and each establishing a parent account to utilize the tools listed in the Services tab.